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Date: Tuesday 2nd August 2016

A Bampton schoolgirl has won a regional competition aimed at helping children to “play safe” with electricity. Pupils at schools throughout Cumbria and North Lancashire were asked to design a badge highlighting the dangers of playing near overhead lines. Ten-year-old Laura Doherty, a pupil at Bampton Endowed School, was the overall winner in the Norweb-organised contest, which helped get the life-saving message across.

A Bampton schoolgirl has won a regional competition aimed at helping children to “play safe” with electricity. Pupils at schools throughout Cumbria and North Lancashire were asked to design a badge highlighting the dangers of playing near overhead lines. Ten-year-old Laura Doherty, a pupil at Bampton Endowed School, was the overall winner in the Norweb-organised contest, which helped get the life-saving message across.

PENRITH

Environmentalists Philip Kirkbride and Jessica Brough, of Penrith’s Beaconside Infants School, had an audience of governors and councillors spellbound. The six-year-old pupils demonstrated their commitment and concern for the world at a school governors’ environmental education workshop at Higham Hall.

A woman needed the help of the town’s firemen when she struck a problem with her jewellery. Miss Lesley Abbot, of Graham Street, Penrith, called in at the station to see if the firemen could release two rings which were stuck on her fingers. Luckily, no cutting was needed and the rings were freed with the help of a piece of string and some soap.

KESWICK

A memorial tree to Keswick councillor Mr. Herbert Craghill was planted in the town’s Hope Park. Mr. Craghill, who was 69, died at Christmas time. He had been a keen sportsman and served as president of Keswick Rugby Club. He was a member of the town council for twelve years and his fellow councillors agreed to plant the tree as a tribute to his work for the town. An engraved plaque will be placed alongside the tree.

BORROWDALE

A search for suitable land for local housing in Borrowdale Valley is being carried out by parish councillors. Council chairman Mrs. Gwen Nuttall said if accommodation was not found for the young people of the valley the community would die. The council had so far identified three sites which they felt were suitable for low cost housing for local people but now had to negotiate with landowners to be allowed to build the properties.

WARCOP

A Warcop farmer who was one of the forerunners in silage making has died, aged 82. Mr. Norman Gibson Collinson, of Burn Bank, Bridge End, Warcop, started life at his parents’ farm at Newbiggin-in-Teesdale. He often recalled his mother taking summer visitors from places such as Darlington.

50 YEARS

LAKE DISTRICT

Large crowds saw the Duke of Edinburgh when he arrived at Keswick to begin a flying visit of the Lake District. Amongst the things the Duke saw during his tightly-packed schedule were a display by Keswick Mountain Rescue Team, green slate quarrying at Honister, sailing on Win-dermere and aspects of the Lake District National Park.

PENRITH

For the second time in a year, an inquest was held at Penrith on a centuries-old coin dug up in a garden on the Wetheriggs estate. This time it was a silver penny of the reign of Henry VII, dating back to the 16th Century, which was found by Mr. John S. Ripley, Clifford Road. A jury decided that the coin had not been deliberately hidden and was therefore not “treasure trove” and the property of the Crown. They came to a similar decision when Mr. W. R. Smith, Netherend Road, found a golden noble in his garden.

One of those “daring young men” in his flying machine put spectators at Penrith cricket competition in a “flap”. Chief Petty Officer Derek Marpole (29), in his Slingsby Skylark 3 F glider, circled the field a couple of times and then disappeared from view behind some trees a short distance away.

CUMBERLAND

Cumberland Show’s personal weather god played his part with usual efficiency, providing blazing hot day which drew big crowds on to the Bitts Park setting. The whole event, with its increased attractions, had a holiday air about it. Queues at ice cream stalls never dwindled, and summer frocks, shirt sleeves or no shirts at all were the order of the day.

RENWICK

Best “crunchers” at Butlin’s Holiday Camp, Ayr, are 17-year-old John Jackson, Scales Hall, Renwick, and 26-year-old Morag McKay Forsyth, Pine Road, Mountblow, Dalmuir, Scotland. The two youngsters were judged the best couple doing the new dance craze, the Crunch, from over 100 teenagers on holiday at the camp. John, a farmer’s son, won a transistor radio, and Morag, who attends Clydebank High School, a set of electric rollers.

100 YEARS

PATTERDALE

Mr. Reginald Peel, son of the late Mr. John Peel, Patterdale, was a successful candidate at the first examination of the Phar-maceutical Society of Great Britain. He is employed by Mr. Thomas Edmondson, chemist, Penrith.

NENTHEAD

The Rev. John Clennell, the newly-appointed minister to the Alston Primitive Methodist Circuit, was given a hearty reception at Nenthead. Mr. Jonathan Rutherford presided and after various speeches, Messrs. Hill and Wright sang a duet and Miss Rutherford gave a solo.


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